David Johansen and the Harry Smiths

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David Johansen and the Harry Smiths
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Studio album by David Johansen
Released 2000
Recorded November 29 - December 2, 1999, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, New York, NY
Genre Blues, folk
Length 50:28
Label Chesky Records
Producer David Chesky, Brian Koonin
David Johansen chronology
Buster's Spanish Rocketship
David Johansen and the Harry Smiths
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

David Johansen and the Harry Smiths is the first of two albums David Johansen released with the "Harry Smiths". The first of the two albums was released in 2000. David Johansen created the album following a folk scene that was taking place in the late 1990s in New York City clubs. Inspired by the 1997 reissue of The Anthology of American Folk Music (a compilation of 1920s and 1930s country and blues recordings assembled by musicologist Harry Smith), Johansen and a named his band "the Harry Smiths" and recorded and performed songs from, or inspired by, the Anthology.

The album marked the first time since 1984 when David Johansen left his alter-ego, Buster Poindexter, and returned to recording albums under his real name.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "James Alley Blues" Richard "Rabbit" Brown 3:33
2. "Darling, Do You Remember Me?" Lightnin Hopkins 4:31
3. "Delia" Traditional; arranged by Bob Dylan 6:38
4. "Little Geneva" McKinley Morganfield 3:29
5. "Well, I've Been to Memphis" Unknown 3:58
6. "Katie Mae" Lightnin Hopkins 4:19
7. "Old Dog Blue" Unknown 3:24
8. "Somebody Buy Me a Drink" Oscar Brown, Jr. 4:10
9. "Poor Boy Blues" Unknown 3:18
10. "On the Wall" Unknown 2:56
11. "Don't Start Me Talking" Sonny Boy Williamson 2:32
12. "Oh Death" Unknown 4:01
13. "Richland Woman" Mississippi John Hurt 3:39


Additional personnel
  • David Chesky - producer
  • Brian Koonin - producer
  • Norman Chesky - executive producer
  • Hank Medress - executive producer
  • Barry Wolifson - recording engineer
  • Sandy Palmer Grassi - second engineer/production coordinator
  • Nicholas Prout - editining and mastering engineer
  • Rick Eckerle - recording assistant
  • Peter Volpe - recording assistant
  • Lisa J. Marks - director of legal affairs
  • Catherine Kernen - production manager
  • Lisa Hershfield - artist development
  • Slow Hearth Studio - art direction


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